Now you can embed a SIM on your mobile
Lets you keep same SIM even if number changes Domestic air traffic soars 26% in April, IndiGo leads
MOBILE phone users will not have to change their SIM card every time they change their number or switch to another service provider as the government has allowed embedded SIMs (eSIMs) to be installed in handset devices.
Whenever a customer buys a new connection or changes the telecom operator or wants to buy standalone service from an operator such as data or calling, the details can be updated in the eSIM, according to guidelines issued by the Department of Telecom (DoT).
This will facilitate mobile number portability on eSIM and avoid locking of device by a telecom operator.
“To cater the needs of modern technological developments in Machine-to-Machine (M2M) or Internet of Things (IoT), it has been decided to permit the use of EmbeddedSubscriber Identity Module (eSIM) with both single and multiple profile configurations with over-the-air subscription update facility, as the case may be, as per prevailing global specifications and standards,” DoT stated.
An eSIM is necessary for a user who wants to use a common phone number on two gadgets such as a smartphone and a smartwatch. The eSIM is crucial to make or receive calls on one device irrespective of the status of the other.
The guidelines come in the wake of rivals Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel starting the sale of Apple Watch Series 3, which has eSIM service, on May 11. The eSIM is paired with the iPhone SIM wirelessly through a dedicated network node. It allows users to use the service provided on their mobile phone by Jio or Airtel on their smartwatch as well.
The DoT has directed telecom operators facilitating service on eSIM that it is their responsibility to meet lawful interception and monitoring requirement as well as ensure that manufacturer of the device does not tamper with eSIM.
Along with guidelines for eSIM, the DoT issued instructions for SIMs that will be used for machine-tomachine communications like alert sent from car to mobile over low fuel, faulty parts, car theft, remote surveillance of premises, smartmeters etc. The department earlier issued direction that all SIMs for M2M communications will come with a 13-digit number. Since the number of SIMs required for M2M communications will be huge, the DoT has enhanced number of connections per user to 18 which includes 9 SIMs that can be used for normal mobile phone communications or for use in devices which has slot for them. The other nine SIMs can be purchased
Move is in line with the practice followed in advanced countries such as the US and Europe
for M2M communications.
According to the guidelines, in cases where M2M are required to be preinstalled in devices, it will be the device makers’ responsibility to complete subscriber verification.
However, it will be the responsibility of the person or the end user to update subscriber details if he or she transfers the device to another user.
A few days ago, Jio and Bharti Airtel got into a tiff over eSIMservices offered on Apple watches. INDIAN carriers flew 11.51 million passengers in April driven by the tourist season, a 26 per cent rise over the year-ago period.
Budget airline IndiGo lead the pack by flying four out of every 10 passengers, according to Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) data released on Thursday.
Gurugram-based IndiGo remained the market leader as it flew 4.58 million passengers during the month.
Rival SpiceJet continued to see the highest seat occupancy across its aircraft market at 95.5 per cent. The passenger load factor in April has shown increasing trend compared to the previous month primarily due to beginning of tourist season, the DGCA said.
Besides flying the maximum number of passengers, IndiGo also recorded the highest on time performance (OTP) with 86.6 per cent
IndiGo grabs 40% market share
of its flights arriving and departing as per schedule from four metro airports, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. It was followed by SpiceJet and GoAir (86.1 per cent each), Jet Airways along with its subsidiary JetLite (82.9 per cent) and Vistara (78.4 per cent).
This was Jet Airways best OTP in several months as it was hovering in the range of 50-60 per cent only. Disinvestment-bound Air India recorded the lowest OTP from the four airports with nearly a quarter of its flights failing to depart or arrive on the scheduled time from the four airports.
An embedded SIM will allow users to update a change in service provider or phone number without changing their SIM eSIMs are already in use by those who use a common phone number on two gadgets such as a smartphone and a smartwatch. It will be the end...